Revamping SKIMS

November 20, 2018 EDITORIAL 76 Views
Revamping SKIMS

The visit of Jammu and Kashmir’s chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science in Srinagar has set the tone for major reformative changes at the leading tertiary care hospital of Kashmir Valley which has remained in news for all the wrong reasons during most part of this year. The Chief Secretary held extensive deliberations with the faculty and the management of the SKIMS in order to understand the issues ailing the institute. The CS rightly said the SKIMS has the potential to put the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the medical tourism map with the kind of the world class faculty and top notch facilities that are being provided to patients. According to reports, he urged the administration to “think big” instead of seeking incremental changes. But here a question begs an answer. Loud thinking is nice and fine but when it comes to the implementation part, the SKIMS administration is no stranger to the fact that the state government has unnecessarily intruded into the affairs of the institute which is supposedly a deemed university and an autonomous institution. Even for making the basic appointment of a clerk or a peon, the SKIMS administration has to get the consent of the state government. Hundreds of positions including those for doctors, paramedics and other staff at the institute are lying vacant, thereby impacting the delivery of healthcare at the SKIMS. But the government, under the garb of rules and regulations, has delayed any decision on filling these vacancies because of unknown reasons. Besides, with the population of Kashmir growing, there has to be an expansion in basic infrastructure include the bed capacity for indoor patients which hasn’t happened so far. While the Madre Meharbaan Nursing Institute and State Cancer Institute will add 200 more beds to accommodate more indoor patients at SKIMS, this will not be enough. Besides, the SKIMS, as the Chief Secretary rightly pointed out, needs to focus more on venturing into the field of research rather than patients care for which there are medical colleges and associated hospitals in both the capital cities of the state as well as the district and sub district level. All these issues were raised by Subrahmanyam during his interaction with the SKIMS admin and staff. He promised that the funding will not be any issue for the state government to make the SKIMS a world class institution. Let’s hope, for a change, that the top babu of the state delivers on the promises he has made.

Related articles